Leftover Mashed Potato Cheese Puffs Recipe

Transform your leftover mashed potatoes into a cheesy, crispy treat with this easy recipe for Mashed Potato Cheese Puffs. These puffs are perfect as a snack, a side dish, or even a fun appetizer for gatherings. Here’s how you can whip up this delicious dish in no time.


  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray or oil, for greasing


  1. Preheat Your Oven:
    • Start by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or lightly brush it with oil.
  2. Prepare the Mixture:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the leftover mashed potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and chopped chives (if using). Sprinkle in the garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything thoroughly until well combined.
  3. Add Eggs:
    • Crack the eggs into the bowl and mix them into the potato mixture until everything is evenly incorporated. The eggs will help bind the mixture, ensuring the puffs hold their shape while baking.
  4. Shape the Puffs:
    • Scoop out portions of the potato mixture and roll them into balls, about the size of a golf ball. Roll each ball in breadcrumbs until fully coated. This will give your puffs a crispy exterior once baked.
    • Place the coated balls on the prepared baking sheet, ensuring they are spaced out evenly.
  5. Bake:
    • Bake the potato cheese puffs in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  6. Serving:
    • Serve the puffs warm, ideally fresh out of the oven. They are great on their own or with a side of sour cream, ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce.


  • Flavor Variations: Feel free to add other ingredients to the mixture, such as bacon bits, different herbs, or even a pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper for a bit of heat.
  • Cheese Options: Experiment with different types of cheese for different flavors. Mozzarella can be used for a gooier texture, or a spicy pepper jack can add a nice kick.
  • Making Ahead: You can shape these puffs ahead of time and refrigerate them until you are ready to bake. They can also be frozen on the baking sheet and then stored in a freezer bag for quick baking later.


Leftover Mashed Potato Cheese Puffs are a creative and delicious way to use up those leftover mashed potatoes. They’re easy to make, versatile, and sure to be a hit with anyone who tries them. Perfect for turning leftovers into a new and exciting dish!